Stripper fracas lands two in hospital
BROOKLAWN, N.J., June 12 (UPI) -- Two exotic dancers wound up in the hospital after a colleague allegedly attacked them with a knife at a suburban Philadelphia adult bookstore.
Police in Brooklawn, N.J., told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the Monday afternoon brawl was apparently caused when the suspect and another woman accused the two victims of stealing a pair of shoes.
The situation at the Carnival Adult Bookstore got out of hand and the two victims were left with multiple slash wounds, the Inquirer said.
The alleged assailants were locked up. The shoes were never found, the newspaper reported.
Longest dandelion found in Norway
OSLO, Norway, June 12 (UPI) -- An 11-year-old Norweigian boy could get a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for finding the longest dandelion.
Bjorn Magne of Klove found the giant weed, which measured 42 inches, while on a hike through the forest with his mother, the newspaper Aftenposten said Tuesday.
"It was a bit in the shade and must have stretched to come up into sunlight," he told newspaper Bergens Tidende.
His mother Nina told Aftenposten her son is an avid reader of the Guinness record book, which said the longest registered dandelion -- measuring 39 inches -- was found in Sweden in 2003.
London Olympics logo flap continues
LONDON, June 12 (UPI) -- London Olympics organizers predict the 2012 Games' controversial logo will grow on Britons and said they'd keep it to make sure it does.
The logo, a stylized graffiti-like version of the numbers 2
1-2, recently made its debut. The Web version flashed rapidly, reportedly causing some epileptic reactions. Many were unhappy with the logo -- and its $800,000 price tag.
At a news conference Tuesday with International Olympic Committee members, the Games' local organizer defended the logo and the flap it has caused.
"It is a logo," London Mayor Ken Livingstone was quoted as saying by The Times of London. "It is not the meaning of life or a secret code that will identify the bloodline of Mary Magdalene. It is a logo that will grow on you."
Alex Gilady, a senior IOC member, told BBC London: "This is just a logo. You are making a big thing out of something very small."
IOC inspectors are visiting London to check on preparations for the 2012 Summer Games.
Sophia Loren tops Italian beauty poll
ROME, June 12 (UPI) -- Sophia Loren and Franca Florio came out on top in an international poll of the most famous Italian beauties.
Loren scored a 95 percent "recognizability" rating in the "Italian women who made the world dream" poll of 170 so-called glamour experts in the United States, Britain, France and Germany, ANSA news service said Tuesday.
Florio, whose famed portrait by Giovanni Boldini became a symbol of the belle epoque era before World War I, came in second with 63 percent.
Italian actress Monica Bellucci was third with 61 percent, ahead of ballet legend Carla Fracci and top model-turned-singer-songwriter Carla Bruni.
Florio was a member of Palermo's nobility whose allure "helped make the Sicilian capital an unmissable stop on the grandest tours" in the early 20th century. Her name was given to the highly prized Marsala wine "Donna Franca," ANSA said.